Thursday, October 6, 2016

Friday Eve!

The day's are going by slow but the week seems to be going fast which really doesn't make any sense. The time when I'm actually at home is what's going so fast which is annoying.

Saturday during my run I stopped at Mike's cage. This has become a habit on my long runs. 

He wasn't in the mood to entertain. Mike was diagnosed with cancer this summer & we found out this week that the cancer has spread & he only has 1-2 months to live. I'm going to miss seeing him on my runs. 

This was my longest run in awhile. 10 miles. I'm still kinda in shock that I can run that far. My time is slow. A good bit slower than this time last year. Not really sure why but it's not the end of the world. I have a half marathon in 2 weeks. I don't think I'll be breaking any of my records. Oh well. 

Last week was Homecoming at LSU. Sorority row is on my route when I run at the lakes/LSU.  They take the decorations very seriously. 

In case you don't know that's all tissue paper. It's called pomping. They stick what can only be a gazillion sheets of tissue paper in wire. I'm sure there's a more accurate definition but that's all I've got. 

It's very impressive. 

For those of you not familiar with LSU, the above picture is of LSU's star running back Leonard Fournette. The theme for this years homecoming was Reign. 

After my run, I got in the pool which was very, very cold. We had a cool front come through which made for glorious runs but not so glorious pool time. It was basically an ice bath without the ice. I wasn't sore the next day so there's that. 

I napped & went to Mass & then we went to watch the game with some friends. There was good food, good wine & a great game!

Sunday my brother & sis-in-law came to LSU to run so I went & got Logan. We went to Yogurtland & then to our house to play. 

He got on my foam roller, closed his eyes, said he was meditation & started to Om. I swear I don't know where he gets half the stuff that comes out of his mouth.

Monday morning I ran.

I increased my mileage & ran 6 this morning. I wanted to see if I could do it & still make it to work on time. I did but I had to get dressed faster than normal. 

Tuesday was our 13th Anniversary. We had dinner at The Little Village & it was delicious. I'm still thinking about the seafood stuffed steak that I decided against ordering. Stupid! It just so happens Tuesday's they have half price bottles of wine so that worked out nicely!

This morning I was up bright & early to get my run in. I feel so much better when I run but it's hard to remember that when the alarm goes off at 4:30.  

Again, slower than I've been but I'm trying not focus on that. I'm going to be training for my first marathon & all I care about is finishing. Well, I also care about finishing in less than 7 hours or something crazy but I'll worry about that later. 


Thursday, September 29, 2016

I'm Back

For the time being anyway. There hasn't been much going on so nothing much to write about. I've been sick for what seems like the last month. It hasn't been that long but it really feels like it. Anyway, I seem to be on the mend. Fingers crossed. 

Saturday night I went with some friends to see The Sound of Music. It was the traveling Broadway show at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans.

We had a 6:00 dinner reservation. We left Baton Rouge at 4:15. Beyonce was in New Orleans too so traffic from BR was a nightmare. I swear the story of my life lately besides sickness is traffic. This town is a mess & since the flood it's been worse. We made it to the restaurant at 6:45. We ate at 5Fifty5 in the Marriott on Canal. The food was really good. 

New Orleans is a people watching Mecca. Add in a Beyonce concert & I swear I could've sat on the street & just watched. It was INSANE! 

Jordan, Allie, me, Cindy & Jackie
This was our failed attempt at a selfie in front of the lit up Saenger sign.

Me, Jordan & Cindy had seats together & Jackie & Allie were in front of us. Apparently, New York has me spoiled. The show was great, the theater is nice but it's not soundproof. I could hear traffic on the street. It wasn't awful but. 

Today was my first this week. I ran once last week but decided to take a break due to all the sickness.

The weather was actually nice. Well, nice might be generous but the dew point was 67 so it was definitely feeling more like fall than summer. I'll take it!

Love when I get 10,000 steps before 6:00 am! 


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New York Day 3

Taking a break from flood talk to finish up our New York trip. 

Sunday morning we were up bright & early for Mass at St. Patrick's. That Church is gorgeous. I kept thinking how cool it would be to get married there. We had to walk through a little security area & they checked my bag. It's so sad to me that we live in a world where you can't go to Church without dealing with security because there are so many sick people.

Rockefeller Center

After Mass we went to Central Park.

We walked down 5th Avenue to the park. 

In the park there's this cute lake & you can rent remote control sailboats.

We stopped & watched a men's softball game & it was exactly like something you'd see on TV. They were yelling at the umpire & yelling at each other & their accents just crack me up. Not in a bad way.

One thing that I was adamant about doing was having a meal at Tavern on the Green. We went for lunch.

It was really pretty. We had Caesar salad. Mine with prosciutto & Dean had chicken. 

They were very good but small. Dean was not impressed with the $67 bill. Seriously, for 2 salads. We both drank water. 

However, it was worth every penny to me because sitting at the table next to us was Jesse Tyler Ferguson - aka Mitchell from Modern Family.

That's the table he was at. He was with his husband & some other people. Dean spotted him. He could clearly see him from his seat & wouldn't trade places with me. I walked right by him & never saw him. Since Dean wouldn't trade places with me I went to the bathroom so I could get a better look at him. He looks exactly the same as he does on TV. 

One of the highlights of our trip was the Louis Vuitton store. Such a fun experience. When our sales guy found out it was our first trip to NYC he said we needed champagne & then when he found out that it was my first Louis bag then he said we definitely needed champagne.

Doesn't Dean look thrilled?

The coasters even had the monogram!

I went with the iconic Speedy bag!

After Louis we found ourselves in front of Trump Towers so we went in to check it out. 

We had drinks at the bar. 

We went to The Plaza & had gelato. 

We went to the half price ticket booth & there were tickets available for The Rockettes. 

We were on the 2nd row!

The show was really good. Now I want to go back & see the Christmas show.

After the show we went back to Hell's Kitchen & ate Italian again.  So, so good.

The bread!

I had veal parmigiana. It was delicious. 

Our waiter was also the owner & he was very entertaining. Well, when you could understand what he was saying. He had an extremely thick accent. Every time he left our table I looked at Dean & asked what he said. 

As it turns out he's on the bottle of wine that's on the table. 

He's an Elvis impersonator. Yes, that says Isaac Elvis. That's his name. LOL! He sang for us & then gifted us the bottle of wine to take home. 


Fabulous!! Also, the BEST dessert wine we've ever had. His mom makes it. We think he said it ages for 30 days. 

The next morning it was time for us to go home. For the first time in a long time I wasn't ready to go home. There was still so much to see!! 


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Still Trucking Along

Things are bad in Louisiana. Mainly the area in the immediate vicinity of Baton Rouge. I didn't work a full day at all last week. I went to work, we got done what had to be done & we left to go help. Everyone knows someone that was affected by the flood. I did a lot of packing, a lot of sweeping, a lot of wading through gunk. In case you didn't know, flood waters leave a LOT of muddy gunk. 

We were in Central Saturday & Denham Springs Sunday. I just thought it was bad in the area of Baton Rouge I'd been working in. Devastation doesn't begin to cover it. There are just mounds of debris piled along the street. It's the most depressing thing I've ever seen. People say it's just stuff & that's true but at the same time that stuff are things that people have worked their entire lives for & now they have to start over. 

People still need supplies & food. A friend was denied emergency food stamps because her income is too high, yet her house is gutted & has to be rebuilt. How is that ok? Everyone is doing what they can to help but it's just sooo many people that need help.

There have been comments made about why people live in Louisiana when these things can happen. I can't even deal with that stupidity. Why do people live in California where there are earthquakes & why do people live where there are tornadoes? It's just a stupid statement. Another popular misconception is that we're below sea level. Baton Rouge & the other areas that are flooded are not below sea level. 

We've learned through this that there are a LOT of really good people out there but there are a lot of really crappy ones too. I'm trying to focus on the good. 

If you're able & want to help, this is a GoFundMe that is doing a lot of good for people. It's helping the entire community & not just one family. 

 Some people are ordering from Amazon & having things shipped directly to Louisiana for distribution. If you prefer to go that route & donate items that are needed email me at & I'll give you my address for shipping & I will see that it's distributed to people in need.  

Please continue to pray.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Pray for Louisiana

My heart is broken. Parts of Baton Rouge & the surrounding areas are inundated with water. Think Hurricane Katrina but without levees or a hurricane - absolutely zero time to prepare. Tons & tons & tons of rain. My parents had 28 inches in 2 days. 

Area's that haven't flooded in 50 years are completely destroyed. Rivers are rising & overflowing the banks. Complete devastation. It's surreal.

Dean & I are fine, our house is fine. My parents and brother & sister in law live in the heart of the devastation. They got out Saturday & were able to make it safely to my house. They were lucky. Their houses are ok which is amazing. So many people surrounding them are not ok. 

We have so many friends that have lost everything. 

We've done nothing but watch the local news since Friday morning & we woke up to storms & school closures. I couldn't get to work. I've spent an inordinate amount of time on Facebook. I don't ever want to hear one bad thing about Facebook again. Yesterday, when we woke up there was zero cell service if you were an AT&T customer. Major towers were down. If you had Wifi, Facebook & iMessage were the only way to communicate. So many people don't know where family members are & many found people because of FB & everyone sharing posts. Last we heard on Saturday my uncle was fine in his 2nd floor apartment but he didn't have power & only a cell phone. No power means no charging the phone. We don't know if he's still there or was rescued by boat. Boat is the only way to get to many of these people.

As I type this I'm watching helicopters fly by. There were boat rescues, helicopter rescues, hospital evacuations, people waiting to be rescued on their roof. 

Schools are under water. Hospitals are being evacuated. Shelters are full while other shelters are taking in water & are having to evacuate. It's an absolute NIGHTMARE & there's no end in sight. There's a chance of more rain & a river still hasn't crested. More people are being evacuated.

The local newspeople have dubbed it "The Great Flood of 2016"

In the words of my 7 year old nephew "This ISN'T great". 

Monday, August 8, 2016

New York Day 2

First on the agenda for Saturday was the Brooklyn Bridge.  It was crowded & hot. By far the best deal in NYC is the guy on the bridge with his ice chest full of Costco bottled water selling it for $1.00/bottle. 

We didn't go into Brooklyn. We saved that for the next trip. 

St. Paul's - this Church is right across the street from where the Twin Towers stood & there was no damage. Not a pane of glass or a damaged headstone in the cemetery on the property. 

Like just about everything else in NY, it's under construction. 

I hit up Starbuck's while Dean stood in line at Half Price Tickets. Our tour guide recommended Something Rotten so that's what we got.

We walked around in that area for a little while. The South Street Seaport was cute. There were some shops & places to eat.

And ships!

We walked by the Library

This is Fortitude the Lion

We hung out in Bryant Park for a bit. It was nice & shady! 

Then we went to Times Square. 

Those TV screens are HUGE & perfectly clear. There were so many sights to see here. Including the Naked Cowgrandma. Y'all it was bad. Topless, bikini bottom, guitar, lots of makeup, long hair & approximately 85 years old.

Times Square was by far my least favorite part of New York. There are people dressed up like Elmo and the Statue of Liberty and people are taking pics with them but they want you to pay. It's so strange to me. 

We learned on the tour that the ball for New Years Eve stays up year round. 

That's it. It was much smaller than I was expecting. 

We ate an early dinner before the show. We went to Hell's Kitchen to a place called Nizza.

The spaghetti & meatballs were really, really good. We had some time to kill before the show so we walked around a little by the St. James Theater where Something Rotten was. We found a little bar called Smith's Bar. When I saw the menu I knew what I had to get!

Gin & Juice for me! 

It was delish! It we wouldn't have had a show to go to I could've stayed here a long time. Aside from the delicious drink, music was fabulous!! It was like going back in time to my teen's & 20's. I was actually drinking gin & juice while Snoop was playing. If any of you watch 2 Broke Girls then you're familiar with Max. I swear the bartender was her. She was annoyed by the foreign tourist that was asking dumb questions, she had dark hair like her, rolled her eyes, she was great!

Sadly, we had to leave. Keep in mind I was not at all excited about this show. My vote had been for the Jesse Tyler Ferguson comedy show (you know Mitchell from Modern Family?) but since Dean was such a trooper on this trip I went with what he wanted to see.

 The description of the show was a complete turn off for me. 1590's is when it took place, something about Shakespeare. Just really not my thing. Well, this is one of those times when it pays to be open minded. This show was so good! It was really funny! I highly recommend it.

After the show we went back to Times Square just so I could see what it's like at night. 

Very lit up & even more people!

Finally, I was getting my New York pizza. There was a little place down the street from our hotel called 2 Brothers Pizza. This was up there with the $1.00 water on the Bridge. 2 big pieces of pizza & a drink for $5.00! Now, I love Dr Pepper we all know but I don't drink them very often. Something about vacation always has me wanting them. I discovered that Boston & NY are not Dr Pepper cities. Well, not only did 2 Brothers have this fabulous deal but I almost passed out when I saw cans of Dr Pepper! Normally, I would not be excited by a can BUT we were taking our food back to the hotel & we had a kitchenette with a refrigerator with ice & glasses! Trip made! HAHA!

Still more to come!